another thing I forgot to mention is our camping trip last month. We went to Silver Falls State Park with Lee and Claudia and John’s sister, Sherri. The weather was perfect and the views were amazing. We want to go back next year! It’s a popular spot though, we had looked for summer reservations way back in May and the first weekend that was available was this one, in Sept! It was totally worth the wait…
John, sherri, Sam and Josiah exploring the lower north falls, our favorite spot.
The boys with their Aunt.
Our Sweet Stuff in the Middle: Sam.
Caleb found a snake and tried to make him a habitat. He brought him over and said “I was trying to scare people with it but this one lady got all excited and said she loved snakes and then she told me like a hundred stories of when she was little and caught snakes like me!”
of course, Caleb found trees to climb in. This is how he rates our camping sites. Was their water to play in? A good trail for the bikes? And how many “perfect climbing trees” did he find? that, and marshmallows to roast, and he is set. oh, and Grandma’s pancakes. Then he is happy. but don’t forget the cocoa! oh, and his favorite ski mask, so he can hide in the bushes and play “ninja assassin”…
My boys inherited my DNA, because along with pocketknifes and flashlights, the other camping essential they pack is lots of books to read with all that free time. The 4 of us have finally rubbed off on John–now when we go camping, he brings a paperback or two! At home the only reading he ever gets to is his Bible and ESPN magazine, but now? in a 3 day camping trip he might finish an entire John Grisham novel! I searched and searched to find authors/genres he might enjoy because I believe that people who say they don’t enjoy reading SIMPLY HAVE NOT YET FOUND A GOOD BOOK. Once you do, you’re hooked! So about 6 years ago we found a few authors he likes, but now its just a matter of him having enough downtime to read. (Camping is perfect for that.)
Though I must say: I don’t feel the “rubbing off on each other” effect of 2 decades of marriage is very balanced, in our case. I got him to read (good) and he introduced me to Fletch and Cheetos (bad).
Savannah came to visit us for the afternoon, and even brought her parents! Though you wouldn’t know that Tony and Tara were even there, from my camera’s perspective…
The little diva can have anything she wants, even my sunglasses. She is so stinkin cute that if she could ask for $$, she’d get it. Hey Tara, that’s a good idea! You ought to teach her Highness to say “Where your Money? I need Money!” and Tony could quit his job, seriously.
It was a good trip, and just like we always do, we spent the last evening planning where we would camp next. The anticipation of going out again real soon is the only thing that keeps us from crying as we pack up to go!